New Voter Registration Cards

Snohomish and Skagit County Election Offices last week mailed out new voter registration cards. Following the 2020 Census, adjustments were made late last year to boundaries for congressional, legislative and/or county council districts across much of the state. Many registered voters in Snohomish and Skagit counties have received or soon will receive new registration cards in the mail.

Every ten years after the federal government publishes updated census data, Washington remaps the boundaries of its congressional and state legislative districts. Communities and populations evolve over time. The purpose of the district remapping is to ensure each district represents an equal number of residents.

A bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission is created every ten years to remap the congressional and legislative district boundaries. The Commission consists of four voting members, two from each party of Republicans and Democrats. A fifth non-voting chair is then picked by the Commission’s voting members. The Washington State Redistricting Commission has a video that describes the redistricting process.

In the North Sound, there were significant congressional boundary changes. The southern end of Edmonds is no longer a part of District 7, and District 8 now encompasses a majority of Snohomish County basically from SR 9 east to the Cascade crest. Congressional districts 1 and 2 also have been adjusted in both Skagit and Snohomish counties.

The new voter registration card comes in the mail the size of a postcard. Once received, be sure to put the registration card in a safe location. The voter registration card also signifies you are in the county’s registered voter list, meaning election ballots will automatically be mailed to you several weeks before any upcoming election.

If you need to register to vote, the process is simple. In Snohomish County, visit the Elections Office website for all the information about registering to vote as well as more voter information. In Skagit County, the Elections Office website also provides information about how to register to vote and much more. And the Island County Elections Office has similar information on their website. Any eligible voter in the North Sound can also visit their County Elections Office in person to register.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.